Dali was influenced heavily by Sigmund Freud's writings on the erotic significance of the subconscious mind, and joined the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists who felt the subconscious was a greater indicator of reality than one's conscious reasoning.

Dali devised a method of accessing his subconscious imagery that he called "paranoiac critical"in which he self-induceda kind of hallucinatory state. Through this method, many of his greatest works were created, including "The Persistence of Memory" (1931), which depicted clocks in a stark landscape.

Dali spent his time at his villa in Cadaques changing styles several times while engaging in controversial topics and indulged in flamboyant self-promotion. His montages created for this pictorial included nude women, mannequins, snakes, a camel, and a giant egg among other items, prompting Posar to declare afterward "it was quite a unique experience with Dali being more than a little off the wall.

Dali and Posar at work in Cadaques in 1974